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noun, plural or·phreys.
  1. an ornamental band or border, especially on an ecclesiastical vestment.
  2. gold embroidery.
  3. rich embroidery of any sort.
  4. a piece of richly embroidered material.
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Also or·fray [awr-frey, -free] /ˈɔr freɪ, -fri/.

Origin of orphrey

1300–50; Middle English orfreis (later construed as plural) < Old French < Medieval Latin aurifrisium, variant of aurifrigium, for Latin phrase aurum Phrygium gold embroidery, literally, Phrygian gold
Related formsor·phreyed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for orfray


  1. a less common spelling of orphrey
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less commonly orfray

  1. a richly embroidered band or border, esp on an ecclesiastical vestment
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Word Origin

C13 orfreis, from Old French, from Late Latin aurifrisium, auriphrygium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian
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